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Heaven Has No Favorites

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  8,643 ratings  ·  315 reviews
From one of the twentieth century’s master novelists, the author of the classic All Quiet on the Western Front, comes Heaven Has No Favorites, a bittersweet story of unconventional love that sweeps across Europe.

Lillian is charming, beautiful . . . and slowly dying of consumption. But she doesn’t wish to end her days in a hospital in the Alps. She wants to see Paris again
Paperback, 253 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Random House Trade (first published 1961)
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Lora Grigorova
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Heaven Has no Favorites:

A few nights back my mother asked me who my most favorite authors were. Among the names I listed was of course Erich Maria Remarque. She had read most of his novels as a student but she found him way to depressing and she suggested it was about time I stopped being so suicidal and read something more cheerful.

When I went to bed I started thinking about what she said. Having read 7 novels from Erich Maria Remarque, I agree he always
Jul 26, 2016 added it
I found this old book in an antique shop and it was a real treat. It tells the story of Lillian who is slowly dying and how she leaves a hospital in search of living out her final days in full. She meets Clerfayt, a race car driver. Essentially they each live for the moment and fall in love. We are all living an instant at a time, who know if we have a long life and does the future extend only to the next breath we each take. Who knows?
Raya Dimitrova
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Raya by: Yoana
I like books that make you stop and think (about life and what you're doing with it), those that inspire you to try contemplate the world in a way different than your routine one, through the eyes of the character that struck you with perceptions not shared by the common lads.

Now I often find myself thinking: if I knew I'd die in a month, how would that thing I'm looking at right now feel for me, how would I see it differently, enjoy it more perhaps?

"Heaven has no favorites" is one of those boo
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As if gazing down a long corridor, Lillian saw what remained, what could still possibly happen between them. It was a corridor that narrowed steadily, and did not have an exit. She could not walk along it. Others, who had more time,probably could do it. Not she. And in love, there was no turning back. You could never begin afresh; what had happened remained in your blood. Clerfayt could never again be as he had been with her. He could be that way with any other woman, but not with her. What they ...more
Aug 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The language at first seems a bit outdated, but Remarque wrote this book almost 50 years ago. In a time when people were different as well. Had more manners at least, if nothing else. In my mind I was juggling with this fact, 50 years ago. Remarque was internationally well known writer, and nowadays, he is forgotten. But this book is great. There were times when I felt disconnected with the characters and I was frowning because I was expecting so much of it. But I didn’t understand it, and I was ...more
Yevgeniy Mordovkin
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A shining masterpiece that left a tremendous impression on me. The storyline is almost missing and the novel has nothing unnecessary. It is full of european atmosphere: pictures of snowy mountains of Switzerland, rich smell of Italian sea and Paris morning are like a touch away. Each and every little event, thought or dialog has a moral enough for a short story of it's own, and the main idea touches the depths of human existence, not only the meaning of life as a full, but the meaning of every s ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Art.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Death, death and DEATH!

It is 1949 and Europe is trying to recover from the nightmarish years of WW II. The novel portrays the improbable love of Lillian, a 24-year-old charming lady suffering from terminal tuberculosis, and Clerfayt, a 44-year-old professional car racer. Lillian is fully aware that time is quickly running out for her and she determinedly appreciates every moment and experience life can still offer as a gift. She is the breathing manifestation of Carpe Diem, freed from the shackl
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book showed great insight on the matters of life and death. I would recommend it to someone who wants to learn how to appreciate life's every moment. If you have ever considered that life is not worth living, this book is for you! 5/5!
Stoyan Petrov
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Remarque is just astonishing, he's quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. Each book he writes is a new adventure of the soul. You instantly want to cry reading the pages and getting closer to the end of the book which you know will make you really sad. Everyone could relate to the topics he writes about. Lillian and Clerfayt's love is unconventional and tragic, yet beautiful and touching. A brilliant masterpiece.
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from an acquaintance nearly a decade ago with the following note attached:

"Dear Amanda,
Best wishes for the holidays! I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I did. I tried to find a new copy of the book but it is apparently out of print, so I am sending you my own copy. I also have another copy in German. I always felt that my attitude to this book was unique. I read it differently than others because of my constant battle with health. And there was always certain sadnes
Jale Hajiyeva
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Announcement: this one became my favorite one 💜
May 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of trying to live life to the fullest, not giving up, irony of life and love....
I must have read this book 4 times and know I will read it again in couple of years. I just have exceptionally soft spot for Remarque....
Rashad Bayramov
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great story of love and death, following each other. A story of one's search for happiness. A story proving that life is not in the number of days lived, but the number of minutes lived fully and passionately.
Sean Chick
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A sad and meandering book about a pair of lovers on the edge of death. One is a race-car driver who survived the horrors of a Nazi camp and the other has tuberculosis. The book deals with characters who do not wallow in the past but instead try to live their best life on the way to their inevitable deaths. Each has a a searing honesty about themselves, which is how they connect to each other, and leading to some rather pithy philosophical moments. While the book lacks some focus in the fourth ac ...more
Dark Alice
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That book leaves something after the turning of the last page. It's quietness. Peace. Melanholy. It is inevitable to love it.

I always thought (and still think) that Remarque is one of the most remarkable writers of all times. Every book of his is something you can't bear, but also can't resist loving.
Nadezhda Dimitrova
A beautiful masterpiece...
Anna Semenova
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved. one of my favourite by Remarque now
Tomáš Klásek
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
👉The book is absolutely a must read. 👌👌👌
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Remarque's stories are beautiful and sad. This one is not an exception. You enjoy reading but you can't help crying.
Thoughts about life, happiness and time.
Omar Iqbal
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another gloomy novel by Erich, It was monotonous at the middle, but at the last part i was mesmerized.
Greg Brozeit
What does it mean to love? What does it mean to live? Remarque does not answer the questions, but this novel prods us to think more deeply about them.

Most of Remarque's novels illuminate how individuals lived through various episodes of German history between WWI and the end of WWII. This story, the next-to-last novel published during Remarque's lifetime, breaks that mold. Although it is set in post-WWII Europe and there are inklings of a survived past during the war, this story moves beyond the
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My favorite book that will always have a special place in my heart.

So much beauty and truth in the words of the characters. How could a person write something so beautiful and still so heart-breaking? I love Lillian and Clerfayt. And Remarque for writing this book. He shows us the most intimate thoughts of these two humans and you can't help but love them and understand them. It is like you are sitting in Paris restaurant, eating lobsters and drinking wine with them in their own world. Like Lill
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well this was disappointing. To sum it up, up until the end, (a typical Remarque ending) nothing happens in this book. I would say that this could more accurately be classified as a travelers guide. Only the places, town names, coffee shop names, hotels... change, the rest is all the same. Listing of what they ate, and what they drank followed by a deep philosophical conversation about how life is unappreciated. I found the main character to be quite annoying, striking me more as a rebellious an ...more
Anet Kissova
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Found this little precious in a garage. It was a bit harder to get through the beginning. Took me about 30 pages to get interested. But after that I got totally catched, impressed and couldn´t stop reading. Dozens of deep quotes, love story behind. But nothing pathetic. Set in the age after war, characters have manners, classy. Book is showing the beauty of living a life in present, not worrying about future. I LIKE! Spoiler: Unexpected ending :)
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My first Remarque's book and yes, love it. Love and hate, life and death, men and women. Excellent. Amazing. Awesome. Perfect.
Krasimira Peeva
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am in love with the plot and the heroes.
Apr 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh yeah! I have done it! Finally!
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Please don’t read this book if you are feeling down. It’s full of great life lessons, but written in a bit of pessimistic manner.
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Erich Maria Remarque (pen name of Erich Paul Remark) is one of the best known and most widely read authors of German literature in the twentieth century.

Remarque's biography is essentially marked and his writing fundamentally influenced by German history of the twentieth century: Childhood and youth in imperial Osnabrück, World War I, the Weimar Republic, and most of all his exile in Switzerland

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